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 Post subject: What book are we going to read for The Spring?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 3:39 am 
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I think it would be good to carry over the momentum from this book into another great book. Anyone else interested?

I'd like to to suggest Ulysses or Brothers Karamazov.

Brothers would be interesting because is quite related to IJ in many ways. Another member on this forum sent me a great article that explains how DFW was influenced by Dostoevsky and how IJ mirrors Brothers in several aspects. DFW also wrote an interesting essay about Dostoevsky and Brothers so we know he was a fan.

I am suggesting Ulysses would be a good book to have others to discuss it with.


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 Post subject: Re: What book are we going to read for The Spring?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:08 am 
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How about 2666?


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 Post subject: Re: What book are we going to read for The Spring?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:16 am 
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I'd love to read "Brothers" or anything by Dostoevsky, especially after reading DFW's essay on his writing. I read C and P back in high school and hated it because it was assigned to our class during a family vacation to Disney and I was always behind the eight ball.

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 Post subject: Re: What book are we going to read for The Spring?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:04 am 
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Good idea to continue this with another book.

Any Dostoyevsky sounds like a good idea to me.


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Roxanne wrote:
How about 2666?


This is certainly next on my list, regardless of fun summer reading groups. I absolutely loved The Savage Detectives.


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 Post subject: Re: What book are we going to read for The Spring?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 1:25 pm 
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What, you think we're going to give you the Winter off?

Not likely.

Matthew


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 Post subject: Re: What book are we going to read for The Spring?
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Ha ha! Matt, for the win! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: What book are we going to read for The Spring?
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testforecho wrote:
I'd like to to suggest Ulysses or Brothers Karamazov.


Nice! I would totally be in for either of those, but would lean toward Ulysses only because I've already read Brothers K and have wanted to check out the former for some time now.


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 Post subject: Re: What book are we going to read for The Spring?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 4:42 am 
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I emailed the info email address to see if the ISummer leaders have any interest. I will let you know. If not we'll need to figure out the technical details and ramp up between now and Winter, Spring? I think Fall is too early.


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 Post subject: Re: What book are we going to read for The Spring?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 2:54 pm 
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matthewbaldwin wrote:
What, you think we're going to give you the Winter off?

Not likely.

Matthew


I'd like to suggest War and Peace for winter. Tolstoy has this masterful way of writing truths that are so pervasive and universal that it's hard to understand why they never appeared to you before, in just the words he used, they are that simple and clear, and well, just true.

Which is what I was thinking when I read this, from page 54:

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Like most North Americans of his generation, Hal tends to know way less about why he feels certain ways about the objects and pursuits he's devoted to than he does about the objects and pursuits themselves. It's hard to say for sure whether this is even exceptionally bad, this tendency.


And also because I'm pretty sure Winter was invented for reading Russian novels.

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